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Cardiac rehabilitation is a physician-supervised program for people who have either a congenital (present at birth) or acquired heart disease. Cardiac rehabilitation can often improve function, reduce symptoms, and improve the well-being of the patient.
Some of the conditions or procedures that may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Cardiac rehabilitation programs can be conducted on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Many skilled professionals are part of the cardiac rehabilitation team, including any/all of the following:
A cardiac rehabilitation program is designed to meet the needs of the individual patient, depending upon the specific heart problem or disease. Active involvement of the patient and family is vital to the success of the program.
The goal of cardiac rehabilitation is to help the patient return to the highest level of function and independence possible, while improving the overall quality of life - physically, emotionally, and socially. These goals are often met by:
In order to help reach these goals, cardiac rehabilitation programs may include the following:
Research done on cardiac rehabilitation programs has found them to benefit patients in the following ways: